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Reference management software

This guide introduces reference management software and the options available to users of UCL Library Services.

What is Reference Management Software?

Reference management software enables you to:

  • collect references;
  • store references and notes;
  • organise references;
  • format references in a required referencing style to create a bibliography;
  • insert in-text citations into a document as you type. This will also generate a reference list or bibliography at the end of your document, based on those citations.

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Some packages also have further features:  

  • social networking;
  • annotation and highlighting tools within PDFs of resources;
  • sharing and collaboration tools.

Reference management software packges (also known as reference / citation managers) are web-based. Some packages also have a desktop version that allows more functionality.

UCL supports the use of three software packages:

Reference management software is most useful for users who are undertaking:

​UCL Library Services has a wealth of expertise in using reference management software, and provides extensive support through training sessions and short troubleshooting sessions.